Dr Tammy Ayres

Lecturer in Criminology

Contact Details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5700
  • Email: tca2@le.ac.uk
  • Office: Room 2.08 2nd floor
    154 Upper New Walk
  • Office Hours: By appointment only


Tammy graduated from the University of Leicester in 2001 with a BSc (Hons) in Sociology and went on to complete her MSc in Criminology, with distinction, here at the Department. She then went on to obtain a Postgraduate degree in Law from Nottingham Law School before becoming a research assistant, then a University Tutor and finally a lecturer in Criminology. Tammy has a PhD in Psychology and has conducted research for HM Prison Service on drug supply, substance detoxification, self-harm and suicide.

Research Interests

  • The link between drugs and crime; particularly why some drug users control their drug use whilst others descend in to more problematic patterns of drug use and criminality
  • The prison system, including drugs in prison and its subsequent treatment; specifically chemical detoxification and retoxification; the perceived links between substance use, self-harm and suicide
  • Novel Psychoactive Substances
  • Terrorism, Human Rights and Narcoterrorism

PhD Supervision

Tammy would be interested in supervising PhD research projects in any of the above areas, and is happy to discuss ideas with potential applicants.


  • Drugs, Crime and Society (Undergraduate year 2 option module)
  • Understanding Terrorism in Contemporary Society (Postgraduate core module)
  • Responding to Terrorism (Postgraduate option module)
  • Drugs and Crime (Postgraduate option module)

Administrative Duties

  • Careers and employability manager for the College of Social Science, Arts and Humanities.
  • Departmental careers tutor.
  • Admissions tutor for the BA in Criminology, including widening participation.
  • International link tutor.
  • Scarman Lecture Series Co-ordinator.


Taylor, S., Buchanan, J. and Ayres, T.C. (2016) 'Prohibition, Privilege and the Drug Apartheid: The Failure of Drug Policy Reform to Address the Underlying Fallacies of Drug Prohibition' Criminology and Criminal Justice, Online First: 1-18.

Treadwell, J. and Ayres, T.C. (2014) ‘Talking Prada and Powder: Cocaine Use and Supply among the Football Hooligan Firm’ in J. Treadwell and M. Hopkins (eds.) Football Hooliganism, Crime and Crowd Control: Contemporary Themes in Relation to Research and Theory, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 49-70.

Ayres, T.C. and Bond, J.W. (2012) ‘A Chemical Analysis Examining the Pharmacology of Novel Psychoactive Substances Freely Available Over the Internet and their Impact on Public (Ill)Health. Legal Highs or Illegal Highs?’ British Medical Journal Open, 2 (4): 1-10.

Ayres, T.C. and Jewkes, Y. (2012) 'The Haunting Spectacle of Crystal Meth: A Media Created Mythology' Crime Media Culture, 8 (3): 315-332.

Ayres, T.C. and Treadwell, J. (2012) 'Bars, Drugs and Football Thugs: Cocaine Use amongst English Football Firms' Criminology and Criminal Justice, 12 (1): 83-100.

Palmer, E. J., Hatcher, R. M., McGuire, J., Bilby, C. A. L., Ayres, T. C. and Hollin, C. R. (2011) 'Evaluation of the Addressing Substance-Related Offending (ASRO) Program for Substance-Using Offenders in the Community' Substance Use and Misuse, 46 (8): 1072-1080.

Palmer, E. P., Hollin, C. R., Hatcher, R. M. and Ayres, T.C. (2010) 'Arson' in F. Brookman, T. Bennett, M. Maguire, and H. Pierpoint (eds.), Handbook of Crime, Cullompton: Willan, 380-392.

Unpublished Reports

Barnes, B., Gunby, C., Shelton, N., Hodgkinson, S. and Ayres, T.C. (2016) Protect, Support and Respond to Repeat Female Victims of Medium Risk Domestic Abuse (Full Report, Executive Summary).

Palmer, E. and Ayres, T.C. (2008) Alcohol and Drug Use among Older Prisoners (Report Prepared for Nottinghamshire County Council).

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